Incase you haven’t looked up in the past few days, or gotten notified on Facebook, the supermoon is upon us. It’s like social media has been hypnotized by its enormous presence. But what exactly is the supermoon and why is everybody so intrigued?
The moon’s orbit around the earth is elliptical, meaning that it has a point where it’s furthest away from the earth (apogee) and a point where it’s closest (perigree). The supermoon occurs when the moon’s closest point coincides with a full moon, like last night. But what noticeably get’s everyone in awe, is that the lunar disk appears 15% bigger at night, and 30% brighter. I’ll admit, I caved in and took a picture or two, but mostly because my girlfriend was in them.
Not only is it quite the sight, but knowing that everyone on the planet is experiencing the same moon, brings a sense of unity as we have a common bond to share. Nothing shows that more than the pictures that have been shared of the event from across the world.